01 Jan Activated Charcoal Body Cleanse and Detox
Our supplier – Pure Eden describes their Medicinal Grade Activated Coconut Charcoal as ‘The Black Diamond of Health’ , and following some recent successes we’ve seen in our own family, I’m inspired to try this most unusual – and simple detox.
Activated Charcoal is the most adsorbent material in the world, and safe to use both internally and externally on people of any age, animals and plants. And in case you think that’s a typo, no – adsorbent is a real word! According to ask.com, it means:
Adsorbent is a porous substance that has a high surface area and has the ability to absorb or adsorb other substances using intermolecular forces onto its surface. A good example of an adsorbent material is activated charcoal.
- Heavy Metals
- Chlorine etc …
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Hangover Cure
- Flu Symptoms
- Stomach/Bowel Problems
- Bali Belly
- Liver/Kidney Problems
- Heart Burn
- Whitens Teeth/Removes Plaque
- Bites & Stings
- Mouth Ulcers/Cold Sores
- Cuts/ Infections
- Eye Infections
- Skin Irritations
- Neutralizes Odours
- Purifies Water
- Freshens Breath
- Safe for Children & Pets
So it would make sense that Activated Charcoal – or more specifically, medicinal grade 100% Activated Coconut Charcoal – can be used to achieve a whole body cleanse and detox.
The following is a fact sheet which came with our products:
Whether it be a colon cleanse, liver cleanse, kidney cleanse, full body cleansing or poison detox, activated charcoal will – to a greater or lesser degree – be beneficial and should be included in any natural cleansing or detox program.
Very few practitioners realise that as an agent to remove toxins from the body, charcoal is the best single detoxifier for whole-body cleansing. Of course, along with charcoal, one cannot forget water both on the outside and on the inside to help wash away poisons. Richard C. Kaufman, BS, MS, PhD, (Bio-nutritional Chemistry from the University of Brussels) has written extensively in the field of anti-aging. He writes, “Detoxification is an ongoing biological process that prevents toxins (from infectious agents, food, air, water, and substances that contact the skin) from destroying health. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, diverse diseases, allergic-like reactions, compromised immunity and premature aging.” As a general detox plan to counteract the daily exposures to toxins, he has found two programs that, using activated charcoal, have worked well for him and others. He recommends either
1. Use activated charcoal on two consecutive days each week. Take a total of 20 to 35 grams each day divided into two or three doses. Take in the morning, at midday and before bed on an empty stomach. Avoid excessive calories or processed foods on those days.
2. Take about 20 grams of activated charcoal each day in divided doses for several months. Follow with one month-break and resume the cycle.
These programs should not be viewed as license to continue any unhealthy practices. Charcoal should be viewed as an auxilliary to sound health practices, not as a back-up for intentional indiscretions. But, should we give in to some carelessness, charcoal is a wonderful aid to recovery.
As has been repeated numerous times elsewhere, one must insure that they are maintaining adequate water intake. That means with every dose of charcoal, and throughout the day. Always remember that pure clean water is the absolute best cleansing agent in the world. As charcoal passes through the GI tract it is constantly picking up toxins, either those that have entered the body through ingestion, breathing or skin contact, or those resulting from the body’s metabolism. While charcoal grabs onto (adsorbs) these toxins your body still needs help to move the mass along until it is all eliminated from the body. That is where water intake is so vital.
Remember again. charcoal does not discriminate when it comes to poisons. It pretty well grabs onto all poisons (see Poison List) including drugs, which are pharmocologically classified as ‘poisons’. So if there is any concern that charcoal may interfere with your medications then you have several options.
1. don’t take any more charcoal internally
2. give yourself a 1.5 – 2 hour window around the time of your medication when you do not take any charcoal
3. treat yourself to a nice warm batch with a half cup of charcoal powder added into it. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, the charcoal in the water will be able to detox the body.
The medical journal The Lancet has reported the ability of activated charcoal to draw toxins from deep tissue as well as deep organs, In this way charcoal can also help as a colon cleanse, liver cleanse, kidney cleanse or as a full body cleanse. People comment that they feel even more relaxed after such a bath.
In place of charcoal powder, granular or lump or bamboo stick charcoal can be tied into sachets using nylon or organza cloth and suspended in the water. While this is far less messy, it does not work as fast as charcoal powder. Using bamboo stick charcoal in baths and saunas is a popular treatment in Asian cultures.
30 DAY DETOX
A 500g tub of Activated Charcoal is adequate supply to do a 30 day detox – simply take 1 teaspoon of charcoal in clean water 2 x daily for 30 days. (And after taking it, make sure you brush your teeth and wash around your mouth to avoid looking like you’ve been sucking on last night’s fire pit!)
See this blog post for a review of some other detoxes and healthy practices while detoxing.